Later this evening, I will be embarking on an 11 hour flight from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv for a remarkable adventure.
I am traveling solo to Israel for a week to tour about and see as much as I can in this small, but remarkable country. Am I nervous? You bet. But I am also so eager to hit the ground running and learn as much as I can.
I am visiting Israel thanks to a remarkable budget travel deal which I promise to write about in detail after my trip. Simply said, the airfare was cheap and I managed to use frequent flier miles to pay for my hotels. Hence, the trip is almost free.
What this opportunity will allow me to do though is to satiate an incredible hunger to see some of the most famous and important sites in the history of the world. Israel, and Jerusalem in particular, has played host to more global drama over the millennia than any other location. It still hasn’t sunk in that I will see the ACTUAL Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the ACTUAL Gethsemane and the ACTUAL Al-Aqsa Mosque. I wasn’t sure this day would ever come.
I’m not religious, but on this trip I am most definitely a pilgrim. My mission is to seek out these important sites and document how they still impact us today, the jaded 21st century citizens that we are. So stay tuned and look out for my daily posts, as free Wi-Fi allows.